This Day in Minnesota History

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Today's Date: November 29

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Henry M. Rice is born in Waitsfield, Vermont. At twenty-three he became a sutler at Fort Snelling, running a concessionary store that sold sundry items to the soldiers. Rice later entered the political arena, encouraging Congress to define the state's boundaries and serving as one of Minnesota's first two senators. He died in 1894.


Anna Ramsey dies. Admired as Governor Alexander Ramsey's "helpmeet," she led efforts to create homeless shelters and support other charities.


Pioneering journalist Marvel Jackson Cooke dies in New York. Born in Mankato in 1903, Cooke moved to Harlem in 1926 and worked for the NAACP's Crisis magazine, the Amsterdam News, and the People's Voice. In 1950 she joined the staff of the New York Daily Compass and was the first African American woman to work full-time for a major white-owned American newspaper.